Team WORK! After discovering that our favorite French/German synth pop duo Stereo Total was coming into town tonight, to play the Cat (backstage??????) and celebrate the release of their new record on Kill Rock Stars, Libby, Cale and I first peed our pants a little from sheer joy, listened to Babystrich 20 times in a row and then pooled our collective interviewing skills into what can be described as a very odd, yet very educational, even by BYT standards, interview. Francoise proved very game. We love them even more now.
If you were introducing Stereo total to someone who has never heard any of it, what would you say would the “essential” stereo total list be?
FRENCH-GERMAN DUO, A MAN AND A WOMAN, AROUND FOR 15 YEARS, UNDERGROUND POP. LISTEN TO: L’AMOUR A TROIS, WIR TANZEN IM VIERECK, C’EST LAMORT, DACTYLO ROCK
How did the love of covers come about?
BECAUSE WE ARE ALWAYS LISTENING TO ALL KINDS OF MUSIC – WHEN WE FIND SONGS WE LIKE, WE WANT TO COVER THEM IN A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT WAY. WE DID “HEAVEN’S IN THE BACK OF MY CADILLAC” (HOT CHOCOLATE) BUT DID IT IN A COMPLETELY MINIMALISTIC, ROBOTIC WAY…
You’ve been together for a while? What was the stupidest fight you ever had?
ONE TIME WE WERE FIGHTING FOR HOURS AND SUDDENLY I COULDN’T REMEMBER WHAT WE WERE FIGHTING ABOUT AND I HAD TO ASK BREZEL WHAT WE WERE FIGHTING ABOUT. WE LAUGHED LIKE CRAZY…
What keeps you keep on going on?
WE LIKE TO TRAVEL TOGETHER AND MAKE MUSIC. FOR ME, I DECIDED TO NEVER STOP MAKING MUSIC, EVEN IF I’M 80…
It is almost impossible to find any stereo total videos on youtube? Why is this? We think you would make the BEST videos ever.
IT’S COMPLETELY UNTRUE. THERE ARE A BUNCH OF VIDEOS OF US ON YOUTUBE… (ICH BIN NACKT, SCHON VON HINTN, LIEBE ZU DRITT, ICH BIN DER STRICHERJUNGE) WE HAVE AT LEAST 10 ON THERE… FUNNY.
We stand corrected. Epic keyword search fail on our end. Have some Stereo total videos, BYT readers. ENJOY
The question on everyone’s mind: What do you think of Lady Gaga?
I REALLY LIKE HER EARLY DEMOS BUT THE PRODUCTION HAS BECOME TOO SOPHISTICATED.
She cancelled the DC show to go on AMERICAN IDOL! This just proves you’re way more worthy of our love. Now – how much do you love salt n pepa? Would you ever cover shoop or whatta man?
LOVE THEM – WE CHOSE “PUSH IT” BECAUSE THERE ARE VERY FEW WORDS. IF WE WERE GOING TO COVER ANOTHER, WE WOULD COVER “MY MIC SOUNDS NICE” OR ” LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX”.
Lets talk about sex is the greatest. OK- What’s the weirdest thing in berlin? Berlin is weird as shit!
A TOWN THAT FEELS LIKE A THIRD WORLD CITY IN A FIRST WORLD COUNTRY…
How many languages do you know?
FRANCOISE: FRENCH, GERMAN, ENGLISH, A BIT OF ITALIAN AND SPANISH. BREZEL: VERY POOR GERMAN AND THAT’S IT… (LAUGHS) GERMAN, FRENCH, AND ENGLISH…
How much fun was it playing at the Snowboard World Championships in Switzerland? How did you get that gig?
I WAS REALLY WONDERING HOW THESE CHAMPIONS DRINK SO MUCH, SNOWBOARD ALL DAY, AND MANAGE TO JUMP AROUND AND PARTY AT OUR SHOWS. WE HAVE TWO SONGS OF OURS IN SOME SNOWBOARD VIDEOS… WE DON’T KNOW HOW OR WHY! NONE OF US SNOWBOARD…
If you could have a fantasy pet, what would it be? (ie baby dragon, a Snork)
I WOULD BE HAPPY WITH A BLACK CAT WITH GREEN EYES, LOOKING LIKE LIZ TAYLOR (WHEN SHE WAS STILL YOUNG).
What is your favorite piece of gear?
ANYTHING THAT COSTS LESS THAN 50 EUROS AND IS NO BIGGER THAN THE PALM OF MY HAND.
We kinda feel like you should make us a list of something – like…..
LISTS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A VERY STRONG TOPIC FOR US. PLEASE READ THE LYRICS TO “CINEMANIA” – A LIST OF OUR FAVORITE MOVIE DIRECTORS – OR “HUNGER” – A LIST OF OUR FAVORITE FOODS – AND “EUROPA NEUROTISCH” – OUR FAVORITE PSYCHOSES…
Ok, then…..top 10 best mod movies of the 60’s that Americans probably haven’t seen
1. TWO DEAD ROCKERS IN ONE COFFIN
2. MY DEGENERATION
3. WHO IS WHO IN MOD HELL
4. PETE TOWNSHEND RUINED MY EARS
5. 2000 MODS
6. QUADROPHENIA PT. 2
7. CHECKERED PASTS AND PURPLE PILLS
8. NORTHERN MUSIC WITHOUT SOUL
9. BIG BALLS, TIGHT PANTS
10. BROKEN SCOOTER IN THE GARAGE
Thank you for schooling us. And finally, just to get down to business…Tell us a little about the new record.
IT’S CALLED PARIS-BERLIN AND IT’S ON KILL ROCK STARS. THE TOPICS OF THIS RECORD ARE: REBELLION OF HORMONES, COMPLEXES WITH SEX, PATTY HEARST, BABY REVOLUTION, BUBBLEGUM, MODERN MUSIC, AND KISSES FROM THE HELL OF MUSIC. AND IT’S A STEP BEYOND EVERY OTHER STEREO TOTAL RECORD; MORE TRASHY, MORE PRIMITIVE, MORE DISCO, MORE GARAGE, AND IT HAS A LOT OF DIFFERENT LAYERS OF SUBJECT MATTER – BUT IT’S SIMPLE AT THE SAME TIME.
We’re all over it. Thank you and see you tonight!